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Saturday Breakfast/Brunch?

Looking for a fantastic breakfast/brunch option somewhere between Hopkins & Bloomington. From scanning the boards, so far my short list includes:

Cafe Maude
Blackbird
Maria's Cafe

We are coming in from Chicago, so if you could only choose one, which would it be? My husband likes huevos rancheros. I like Eggs Benedict or a classic breakfast...but also like to try new things. I love Maria's corn cakes, since I've had them before, leaning toward trying a new place.

Also, open to other suggestions. We are meeting a friend. None of us have lived in Twin Cities for years, so pretty clueless about what's good to try.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Maria's is not really in the geography you specified.

    1. One of my favorites at Blackbird is the chorizo/cheddar frittata. They list some nice ingredients from which you can choose to put into a frittata. They do a beautiful job. Plus I love their tea presentation.

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      1. re: shoo bee doo

        I'll second Blackbird. Really nice brunch food. I haven't been in forever, but Victor's 1959 is really good too.

      2. If you don't mind a trip into Uptown (LynLake specifically), the Bryant Lake Bowl has what I consider a solid breakfast lineup. Good bloodies to boot!

        http://bryantlakebowl.com/sites/defau...

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        1. re: magz0r

          Seconded on the bloody marys. Very good.

        2. Haven't been to Maude.
          Love Blackbird.
          Skip Maria's - something not good has happened to this favorite

          You could try:

          Wise Acre Eatery
          Lucia's

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          1. re: sandylc

            I'm curious - have you been to Maria's since this post sandy? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3587...

            I understand that you had a bad experience but it doesn't match what I see when I go there.

            1. re: bob s

              I agree bob. Been going there for years and it hasn't changed a bit in my experience.

              1. re: bob s

                No, bob, I haven't. Too many other great places to try or go back to!

                1. re: sandylc

                  I totally understand that. I was just wondering if you'd had further bad experiences that reinforced the one that you'd had since you had specifically called it out again.

                2. re: bob s

                  I concur. I've never had anything other than excellent food and service at Maria's.

              2. The Grand Cafe has a lovely brunch. Pulled pork shoulder and black bean huevos ranchero as well as 2 styles of eggs Benedict . Down the street is Victor's Cuban cafe and they have a wonderful variety of pancakes. Both are highly recommended.